Andrew van Horn
Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. Anthropology
Temple University: PhD Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation title: Quantification and phylogenetic comparative analysis of pelage sexual dichromatism in primates
Dr. Andrew Van Horn is a biological anthropologist interested in perception, primate evolution, information theory and cooperation.
As a graduate student, Dr. Van Horn studied the evolution of sexual dichromatism in coat color across the order Primates. He identified several species previously considered monochromatic as dichromatic and used phylogenetic comparative analyses to look for evidence of sexual selection on male coat color. This work was done in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Brenda Bradley at The George Washington University. As a postdoc at the University of Houston, he studied the evolution of information content in indigenous artworks.
Currently Dr. Van Horn is a postdoctoral researcher working with the Human Generosity Project in Dr. Lee Cronk's laboratory. His research there focuses on mutual aid as a strategy for managing unpredictable resource availability and health-related adversity in contemporary US communities.
Hylke de Jong
Teaching Instructor, Anthropology
University of Bristol, UK: PhD Archaeology and Anthropology, 2013
Dissertation title: Subsistence plasticity: A strontium isotope perspective on subsistence through intra-tooth enamel and inter-site variation by LA-MC-ICPMS and TIMS
Supervisors: Dr. Alistair Pike, Prof. Dr. Chris Hawkesworth, FRS
Leiden University, the Netherlands: Doctoraal (MA equivalent) Archaeology Indian America; Pre-Columbian Caribbean, 2003.
Thesis title: Strontium isotope analysis (87Sr/86Sr) on enamel and bone from a sample (n=14) of the Pre-Columbian population of Anse à la Gourde, Guadeloupe: a test for matrilocality and a pilot study in provenancing individuals in the Caribbean.
Supervisors: Dr. Menno Hoogland, Prof. Dr. Corinne Hofman, Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies
My studies both at the MA level and at the PhD focused on 87Sr/86Sr analysis on human tissue, though I have looked at other isotopic systems (i.e. δ56Fe for perspectives on metabolism and hence behaviour), and other analytical substrates (e.g. laser ablation strontium in charred seeds, on 87Sr/86Sr variation in Pleistocene orangutan teeth scavenged by Sumatran porcupines, crocodilians). What sustains my curiosity in the application of isotopes to archaeology is how this form of analysis may uncover up to now uncharted aspects of human behaviour, opening new horizons to solve a variety of pertinent questions. Among these I am particularly interested in those concerning subsistence, metabolism and man’s adaptability to the demands of the environment.